What's Wrong With Us?

from The Family Trust

Stuart H. Carter
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From "The Family Trust" an Opera under construction. Sung by a 13 year old boy, or youngish tenor, the aria speaks of his frustrations from severe unrelenting abuse, from demeaning and shining behavior from those he knows. After watching this abuse in the fist act, we hear him sing the song to close the act. Libretto:

Protagonist: What is wrong with us? Why do we gravitate Towards seeming reprobate But, more like depredate Our lives, our earth, our Very creation lies in peril. We deny climate changes Like we deny our nature Nurtured in the bosom Of fears over differences Our preferences drawn By inadequate, ignorant Narrations, by authorities Who know false ways, No rightful cause for their sway. We quash, we bury One another as Blind faith rules, as Our houses burn. We think “don’t help others, Do not offer a hand, Pull up your bootstraps. Do not believe in goodness,” Seen only as myth When self serving brands Jostle our systems, shunting Love, compassion, service. Instead we hate, We consecrate our false Divisions, the artificial, We maintain prejudice Though an unrooted dictate. What is wrong with us? We cannot live in peace We cannot get along We cannot abide race We cannot accept We cannot understand We are not moved by What is fact: The goodness of truth, Though it stares Into our face. What seething and jaded Embryo emerges, Intensified and Overcapitalized Into ideologies and creeds To deny a chosen turn off The path of facts, no more to Gardens of Truth.

(Take “o” from good and you have God.)

Still, decay ripens In any form of Living. A spiraled, Jade sluiceway down the Tyranny of evil Chosen mires The mind, body and Soul until all’s lost, Dogmas appear and Supplant good with Contentious conceit. A Tricked logic with pseudo, Nebular, and Dishonest foundations Turned inward until Our neighborhood Cowers, turns towards Mean arguments and Sleeps: a pestilence Wrapped in a warm Comfortable blanket.

Score ID
Stuart H. Carter
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
7 minutes
Orchestra + solo Solo Treble
Modern classical music

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